Nor dare they tell what they think of each other when they meet in the street. In caves and hollow trees he crept And near the wolf and panther slept. He stood before the tumbling main With joy too tense for sober brain; He shared the life of the element, The tie of blood and home was rent: As if in him the welkin walked, The winds took flesh, the mountains talked, And he the bard, a crystal soul, Sphered and concentric with the whole. But let us not be the victims of words. Lowell said in an article in the Nation: I have heard some great speakers, and some accomplished orators, but never any that so moved and persuaded men as he.
The ministers of beauty are rarely beautiful in coaches and saloons. The benefits of affection are immense; and the one event which never loses its romance is the encounter with superior persons on terms allowing the happiest intercourse. Through the long, cruel conflict he strove, not only in special patriotic meetings, but in his lectures on the great and permanent themes, to keep the hearts of his hearers up and lift their standard higher. Though the stuff of tragedy and of romances is in a moral union of two superior persons, whose confidence in each other for long years, out of sight, and in sight, and against all appearances, is at last justified by victorious proof of probity to gods and men, causing joyful emotions, tears and glory,—though there be for heroes this moral union, yet, they, too, are as far off as ever from an intellectual union, and the moral union is for comparatively low and external purposes, like the co—operation of a ship's company or of a fire—club. It would be more true to say, they separate as oil from water, as children from old people, without love or hatred in the matter, each seeking his like; and any interference with the affinities would produce constraint and suffocation. What is known of their first delivery will be told in the notes to each essay.
Society we must have; but let it be society, and not exchanging news or eating from the same dish. Walking along the pond, enjoying the animals, Thoreau believes that his solitude makes him a part of nature and therefore allows him to achieve a sense of liberty. But this genial heat is latent in all constitutions, and is disengaged only by the friction of society. The capital defect of cold, arid natures is the want of animal spirits. The remedy is, to reinforce each of these moods from the other. The conditions are met, if we keep our independence, yet do not lose our sympathy.
They untune and dissipate the brave aspirant. Emerson exchanged some thoughtful letters, but never met again. But they who speak have no more,have less. Is it because I am such a bigot to my own whims, that I distrust the ability of a man who insists much on the advantage to be derived from literary conversazioni. He could not enough conceal himself. Emerson brought me to a boil. Put any company of people together with freedom for conversation, and a rapid self—distribution takes place, into sets and pairs.
We must keep our head in the one and our hands in the other. The remedy is, to reinforce each of these moods from the other. He wished to deliver the white man from his curse even more than the negro. He praises the virtues of solitude, suggesting that private contemplation leads to enlightenment. In the conversation that followed, my new friend made some extraordinary confessions. What to do with these brisk young men who break through all fences, and make themselves at home in every house? The best are accused of exclusiveness.
Each must stand on his glass tripod, if he would keep his electricity. We must infer that the ends of thought were peremptory, if they were to be secured at such ruinous cost. Now and then a man exquisitely made can live alone, and must; but coop up most men and you undo them. His dismay at his visibility had blunted the fears of mortality. He admired in Newton not so much his theory of the moon as his letter to Collins, in which he forbade him to insert his name with the solution of the problem in the Philosophical Transactions: It would perhaps increase my acquaintance, the thing which I chiefly study to decline.
Heat puts you in right relation with magazines of facts. Beside a duty, beside humility, beside courage, self-denial, and laborious love, how cold and dreary seem to us the gifts of mere genius. So-called because much of the raw material originally came from the tanneries of North Africa other types of goatskin bindings denoting regions of origin include levant, turkey, niger. That was society, though in the transom of a brig, or on the Florida Keys. Both for the vehicle and for the aims of fine arts you must frequent the public square.
Emerson explains that solitary reflection will reveal to man that he is utterly unique, unlike all the others he has ever met. The conditions are met, if we keep our independence, yet do not lose our sympathy. A scholar is a candle which the love and desire of all men will light. At a distance, he is admired; but bring him hand to hand, he is a cripple. For Emerson, solitude is a mark of genius. Put Stubbs and Byron, Quintilian and Aunt Miriam, into pairs, and you make them all wretched.